Donald Trump Tries to Claim Ignorance Over Dinner with Avowed White Supremacist: ‘I Didn’t Know Nick Fuentes’
The Thanksgiving holiday was anything but peaceful in Mar-a-Lago. Former President Donald Trump met with a few people in his
The Thanksgiving holiday was anything but peaceful in Mar-a-Lago.
Former President Donald Trump met with a few people in his Florida home as part of his plans to gear up for 2024.
And who he met with has many ringing alarm bells. But the former POTUS is claiming ignorance.
Donald Trump’s Dinner with Kanye West and a White Supremacist
Over the weekend, Trump met with Kanye West (known now as Ye), and a man named Nick Fuentes in his South Florida home.
Most people know Ye well: controversial entrepreneur, rapper, apparent antisemite and ex-husband to Kim Kardashian.
But Fuentes is a name only known to some before this weekend, although perhaps his name should be more well known.
Fuentes is an avowed Holocaust denier and open white supremacist who was involved in the infamous 2017 Charlottesville white supremacist march.
As soon as it became known that Trump met with Fuentes, there was instant backlash.
Trump took to Truth Social to try to explain, writing, “So I help a seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black, Ye (Kanye West), who has been decimated in his business and virtually everything else, and who has always been good to me, by allowing his request for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago, alone, so that I can give him very much needed ‘advice.’ He shows up with 3 people, two of which I didn’t know, the other a political person who I haven’t seen in years. I told him don’t run for office, a total waste of time, can’t win. Fake News went CRAZY!”
The FPOTUS added, “Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, was asking me for advice concerning some of his difficulties, in particular having to do with his business. We also discussed, to a lesser extent, politics, where I told him he should definitely not run for President, ‘any voters you may have should vote for TRUMP.’ Anyway, we got along great, he expressed no anti-Semitism, & I appreciated all of the nice things he said about me on ‘Tucker Carlson.’ Why wouldn’t I agree to meet? Also, I didn’t know Nick Fuentes.”
Salon reports, “Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, condemned the meeting.
‘For Donald Trump to dine with notorious white supremacists and unrepentant bigots, I think at a minimum it’s clarifying,’ he told CNN. ‘He is trying to make America hate again and running arguably the most unapologetic white nationalist presidential campaign we’ve ever seen.’
David Friedman, Trump’s former ambassador to Israel, said that ‘Antisemites deserve no quarter among American leaders.’
‘To my friend Donald Trump, you are better than this. Even a social visit from an antisemite like Kanye West and human scum like Nick Fuentes is unacceptable,’ he said on Twitter. ‘I urge you to throw those bums out, disavow them and relegate them to the dustbin of history where they belong.’
Trump ‘seemed very taken’ and impressed with Fuentes at the dinner, according to Axios. Trump ‘repeatedly refused to disavow’ Fuentes over the weekend over ‘fears that he might alienate a section of his base,’ The Guardian reported on Monday. As his advisers urged him to publicly condemn Fuentes, Trump ‘ultimately made clear that he did not want to criticize Fuentes,’ according to the report.”
Where’s the Condemnation?
While some Republicans have spoken out, including Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., the GOP co-chair of the Caucus for the Advancement of Torah Values, who said, “I am appalled,” and Rep. James Comer, R-KY. who said, “needs better judgment in who he dines with,” Republican leaders have been distressingly silent on the dinner. And on Trump’s lack of apology.
Democrats are asking why Republican leadership is silent on their potential 2024 candidate meeting with an avowed supremacist – and wondering why he considers it both known and acceptable that a sizeable portion of his base would be alienated by disavowing white supremacy.
Republicans may be trying to distance themselves from the once-and-possibly-future GOP candidate. The twice-impeached president who incited a violent insurrection in an attempt to hold onto power has been making faux pas after faux pas recently and Republicans may just be hoping that he burns himself out.
However, their inability or unwillingness to decry white supremacists is showing voters exactly where they stand on the matter. And just as such lack of moral fortitude did not resonate well in the midterm elections, they will be fighting an uphill battle in the general election in 2024.